October 14th 2009
The simple solution is to vote
The Post and Courier

Mount Pleasant Mayoral candidates aren't happy with the electoral system, with three candidates, it is likely the winner will win with less than a majority. IRV could help places like Mount Pleasant come out with a clear majority if they would adopt

October 10th 2009
Independent Voters Have Little Voice In Congress; Isn't It Time to Change That?
U.S. Politics Today

The voiceless population and what we can do to give independents and 3rd parties a chance to speak.

October 6th 2009
City of 8 Million Was a Ghost Town at the Polls
New York Times

As turnout numbers for New York City's primary runoffs dwindle, IRV is being taken seriously as an alternative.

October 5th 2009
Senate Bill Would Eliminate Primary Runoff
New York Times

FairVote's Rob Richie is quoted in support of IRV to eliminate the need for low-turnout primary runoffs in New York City.

October 4th 2009
Voter Turnaround
Daily News (Los Angeles)

Two letters to the editor cite IRV as the best way to bring higher turnout to Los Angeles elections.

October 3rd 2009
Instant Runoff Voting could streamline Long Beach balloting process
Press-Telegram

Long Beach, California looks to IRV as a potential solution to their multi-candidate races with small-plurality winners.

October 1st 2009
Horny Toad the choice in IRV election
St. Paul Legal Ledger

What better way to learn about IRV than with beer? That's the idea behind "tasting trials" in St. Paul.

October 1st 2009
Doing the Deed of Democracy
The Ester Republic

Fairbanks Borough should adopt IRV so that we can raise voter turnout and gain a candidate elected by the majority of the people.

September 30th 2009
Can a 17-year-old register to vote? It depends
Ventura County Star

"Most Californians register to vote not because a political cause has touched their heart, but rather because they checked a box on a form at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they received or renewed their driverís license."

September 28th 2009
Auditor trying to discredit ranked choice
The News Tribune

Letter to the editor: Washington Local believes that the Pierce County Elections Department's Auditor is wasting taxpayer money by not refusing to use ranked choice voting.

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IRV Soars in Twin Cities, FairVote Corrects the Pundits on Meaning of Election Night '09
Election Day '09 was a roller-coaster for election reformers.  Instant runoff voting had a great night in Minnesota, where St. Paul voters chose to implement IRV for its city elections, and Minneapolis voters used IRV for the first time—with local media touting it as a big success. As the Star-Tribune noted in endorsing IRV for St. Paul, Tuesday’s elections give the Twin Cities a chance to show the whole state of Minnesota the benefits of adopting IRV. There were disappointments in Lowell and Pierce County too, but high-profile multi-candidate races in New Jersey and New York keep policymakers focused on ways to reform elections;  the Baltimore Sun and Miami Herald were among many newspapers publishing commentary from FairVote board member and former presidential candidate John Anderson on how IRV can mitigate the problems of plurality elections.

And as pundits try to make hay out of the national implications of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections, Rob Richie in the Huffington Post concludes that the gubernatorial elections have little bearing on federal elections.

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